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The Hidden Life of Deer: Lessons from the Natural World (Hardcover)

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November 2009 Indie Next List

“This exquisite book intersperses the author's observations of a group of deer on her New Hampshire property with broader investigations of the natural world. Written with grace and clarity, Thomas sympathizes with animals without sentimentalizing them, and she expresses how much richer human lives are when we see ourselves as part of the natural world.”
— Carol Schneck, Schuler Books & Music, Okemos, MI


In The Hidden Life of Deer, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, the New York Times bestselling author of The Hidden Life of Dogs, turns her attention to wild deer, and the many lessons we can learn by observing nature. A narrative masterpiece and a naturalist’s delight, The Hidden Life of Deer is based on the twelve months Thomas, a renowned anthropologist, spent studying the local deer population near her home in New Hampshire.

About the Author

One of the most widely read American anthropologists, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas has observed dogs, cats, and elephants during her half-century-long career. In the 1980s Thomas studied elephants alongside Katy Payne—the scientist who discovered elephants' communication via infrasound. In 1993 Thomas wrote The Hidden Life of Dogs, a groundbreaking work of animal psychology that spent nearly a year on the New York Times bestseller list. Her book on cats, Tribe of Tiger, was also an international bestseller. She lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire, on her family's former farm, where she observes deer, bobcats, bear, and many other species of wildlife.

Praise For…

“In this slim and amiable book Ms. Thomas gathers a pile of small, not uninteresting observations about deer, and in doing so she subtly alters the way you look at them in a forest or from a window.”
New York Times

Praise for CERTAIN POOR SHEPHERDS: “America’s foremost explainer of animal feelings and thoughts has woven fur and scent into the Christmas story, with amusing, moving results.”
— John Updike

Praise for REINDEER MOON “[The author] knows human feelings so well, in all their joy and bitterness. And her literary judgment is flawless. Her wisdom shines forth and, as always, her prose is strong and sure.”
— Annie Dillard

“The Hidden Life of Deer is a glorious achievement, giving new meaning to what it is both to be human and to be alive on this planet of wonders.”
— New York Review of Books
Product Details
ISBN: 9780061792106
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: September 15th, 2009
Pages: 256
Language: English

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